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Album Review

Naturally, the title song of the spring 2012 EP Hit Me Like a Man was intended to offend: that's what Taylor Momsen and her crew in the Pretty Reckless do, they push buttons. If they weren't so blunt in their provocations, their barely updated L.A. sleaze rock wouldn't cause so many ripples, but the Pretty Reckless are proudly ballsy. They're also kind of stupidly ballsy, hammering every one of their points with a hundred-pound sledgehammer, but the obviousness of it all is the appeal and the three new songs here — all about sexual politics, all roiling with the heavy-lidded violence that surfaces explicitly on the title track — are harder and better than much of their guilty-pleasure debut, Light Me Up. Sure, former child actress Momsen may just be acting out her teenage rebellion on a large stage and her imagination may be limited, but she is not insincere and the heartfelt tawdriness of Hit Me Like a Man is oddly compelling.

Customer Reviews


This EP is absolutely awesome, the songs are incredible. I really like this band a lot. 💗

This is Eargasmic .

i loooooove it . awesome !


I thought their music couldn't get any better! but man was I wrong!!!! This is pure rock. Reminds me of the 1970's. Cant wait to see them next Sunday in Vancouver at the Rickshaw theatre!


Formed: 2009 in New York, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Like her co-star Leighton Meester, Taylor Momsen rose to fame as an actress on the TV series Gossip Girl before launching a separate music career. She formed the Reckless in 2009, later changing the band’s name to the Pretty Reckless to avoid trademark problems. With Momsen on vocals, John Secolo on guitar, Matt Chiarelli on bass, and Nick Carbone on drums, the group began finding a balance between hard rock and post-grunge, taking cues from female-fronted bands like Hole and the Runaways along the...
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